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Keeping up with the Trumps: The six latest developments in the US first family fallout

12 July 2017 06:55
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Keeping up with the Trumps: The six latest developments in the US first family fallout

President Trump has come out in support of his son after Donald Trump's Jr's meeting with Russian lawyer

"My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency," the president said in a statement read to reporters by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Trump Jr published emails exchanged between him and Rob Goldstone, a British-born music publicist who set up a meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June last year, two weeks after Donald Trump Sr secured the Republican presidential nomination.

Mr Goldstone wanted to pass on "incriminating" information on Trump's Democratic rival Hilary Clinton. Mr Trump Jr said the meeting "really went nowhere" and that he never told his father about it because there was "nothing to tell".

Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is married to his daughter Ivanka and works as a senior adviser in the White House, were invited by Trump Jr for the meeting in New York City.

Kushner never declared meeting in disclosure form to obtain high level security clearance as part of his role as a senior adviser in the White House. He already had to alter his disclosure form on two occasions: when he said he forgot about a meeting with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak discussing the possibility of establishing a "backchannel" with Russia and another meeting with a Russian state-owned bank.

As an official White House employee, Kushner has more to lose and could compromise the integrity of President Trump's already tarnished administration, whereas his 39-year-old son can distance himself from the White House.

Also developing overnight is a report that Kushner and his father Charles sought assistance from a Qatari billionaire to invest in a development he owns in New York. Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani (HBJ) reportedly agreed to help fund the project, but on the condition they found the remaining balance themselves.


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